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Vitamin E: Sources & Uses

Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 03:58 PM

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Vitamin E belongs to an antioxidant family, that protects the body tissue from damage caused by unstable substances called free radicals. Free radicals can harm cells, tissues, and organs.
 
Ø Vitamin E helps in improving skin health, as it is an antioxidant agent. Vitamin E is vital for protecting the skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell-damaging free radicals. It improves the ability to regulate vitamins in the body, which itself is important for healthy skin.
Ø Vitamin E helps in the prevention of skin cancer, because of its sun protection quality and its powerful antioxidant properties. These two factors help to reduce or prevent damage by the sun. Vitamin E lotions help in preventing and treating sunburns. These lotions protect the epidermis layer of the skin from early stages of ultra violet light damage.
Ø Vitamin E helps in a condition called Uveitis, an eye disorder. It is treated by the antioxidants in vitamin E. Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye between the sclera (white outer coat of the eye) and the retina.
Ø Vitamin E helps to prevent oxidative stress. When oxygen-containing molecules become too reactive, they can start damaging the cell structures around them. This imbalance is called oxidative stress. Vitamin E helps in such conditions by working together with a group of nutrients that prevent oxygen molecules from becoming too reactive.
Ø A few studies have found that Vitamin E helps relieve menstrual pain. Vitamin E supplements may help reduce PMS symptoms, including anxiety, craving, and depression.
Benefits of Vitamin E
Ø Vitamin E keeps the skin young, by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Free radicals are believed to play an important role in the ageing of the skin. Hence the antioxidant activity is important to address skin problems.  
 
Ø Vitamin E is hugely beneficial vis-a-vis skin health and skin care. In fact, skin care products based on Vitamin E sources have become an essential part of healthy skin care.
 
Ø Studies have found that people with higher levels of Vitamin E have a lower risk of heart disease. Vitamin E from foods may reduce the risk of death from stroke in post-menopausal women. The results of the study do not support the use of Vitamin E supplements as part of a preventive strategy.
 
The following are some important vitamin E sources:
 
ü Wheat germ
ü Corn
ü Nuts
ü Seeds
ü Olives
ü Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
ü Asparagus
ü Vegetable oils -- corn, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed


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